Training and Development Director
Carla Brown provides child welfare training at the Center for Child and Family Studies at the University of South Carolina. She has over 20 years of experience in human services and education. She utilizes skills learned throughout her career to provide advanced training and professional development to staff at the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
Carla began her career in the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office providing crisis intervention and counseling to child and adult victims of sexual assault as well as other violent crime. She then became one of five people to help establish the Victims Services program at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, whereby providing assistance to child and adult victims statewide. Carla returned to the Solicitor’s Office in 1999 as Director of the Juvenile Court Alternatives Program developing initiatives that allowed sanctions for non-violent juvenile offenders in lieu of entering the juvenile justice system. She later joined the training team at the State Office of Victims Assistance in the Governor’s Office. In this role, Carla provided victim services training to victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and judiciary.
Carla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in the Administration of Justice and Security, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Strategic Leadership. Carla has worked as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities and most recently served as Dean of Academic Affairs at a technical college.
Carla is passionate about serving the community as well as educating and training others. Her life’s work has allowed her to serve not only those in crises but those who are underserved as well. Carla feels privileged to have had the honor of impacting generations.
Lead Medicaid Trainer
As a lead Medicaid trainer, Tuesday delivers ongoing face-to-face training to the newly hired Medicaid eligibility workers and supervisors at SCDHHS.
Her team provides newly hired Medicaid employees and staff with the foundation of the Medicaid Program and the knowledge and skill that they would need to serve the citizens of South Carolina.
Tuesday has worked with the Medicaid Program for many years and has worked in the various program areas. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership.
Tuesday does what she does because knowledge is a powerful tool and to share it is wonderful.
Project Manager – Leadership & Talent Development
As Project Manager for Leadership & Talent Development, Marvita is responsible for coordinating leadership development initiatives for internal and external clients and facilitates the implementation of project management strategies across organizational departments.
The Leadership Department partners with external organizations to assess training needs, identify core competencies, develop curriculum and provide training for emerging and seasoned leaders.
Marvita has a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Clemson University. She is a twenty year Air Force veteran with over twenty-five years of experience facilitating leader development for improved performance. She is a certified Master Resiliency Trainer and provides leadership training for nonprofit organizations and churches.
Marvita’s motivation for equipping leaders is grounded in helping others reveal and deploy the talent they already possess.
Shena Brown-Gamble, BSW, MA, CI
Child Welfare Trainer
Shena Gamble is a Child Welfare trainer at the Center for Child and Family Studies. She uses her practical experiences from the field to encourage Child Welfare Practitioners to think outside of the box in efforts to preserve families and ensure the safety of children. She delivers training statewide on topics such as Signs of Safety, behavioral objectives, family engagement, and conducting assessments. She is a subject matter expert for the development of curricula which focuses on improving practice and enhancing skills in the area of child welfare.
Shena has more than twenty years of experience in child welfare and adult advocacy. Her prior employment includes Orangeburg County Council on Aging (OCCOA) and South Carolina Department of Social Services. During her tenure at SCDSS, she traveled throughout the state as an Intensive Foster Care and Clinical Services Performance Coach educating child welfare staff, county leadership, and foster parents working with youth in foster care who have mental health diagnoses and behavioral challenges.
Shena’s holds a Master of Arts in Counseling (Emphasis on Family Counseling) and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University in Columbia, South Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from South Carolina State University from Orangeburg, South Carolina. Shena is also a Certified Investigator for the State of South Carolina, specialized in Domestic and International Home Evaluation.
Shena believes that to be effective in life one must be passionate, have integrity, determination, and commitment to get the job done in a positive manner for all people involved.
Instructor and Training Coordinator
Ebony is a trainer with CCFS for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Her team is currently working with DHHS to facilitate their Medicaid 101 training. In the future, we will also assist them with Training for their MAGI track (MAGI: Modified Adjusted Gross Income).
Prior to working at USC, Ebony worked for the Department of Health and Human Services for their Specialty Unit, where she assisted with developing the training manual and materials for the Adoption Medicaid Program.
Ebony has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mass Communications from Lander University.
Ebony says, “’Always be growing,’ whether it’s intellectually, spiritually or other areas of life, I believe there is always something new to learn. I also believe that when we learn it, we apply to different areas of our lives that allow us to continue to grow as an individual. I am motivated by this because I tend to approach things with a student mentality so I am open to experiencing change or learning something new that will help me to be the best I can possibly be.”
Instructor and Training Coordinator
Rita supervises the child welfare training team at the Center for Child and Family Studies and collaborates with SC Department of Social Services for the development and delivery of training to child welfare practitioners, supervisors, and leadership staff. The child welfare training team delivers basic training as well as advanced training to new and existing practitioners utilizing varying training modalities. The training emphasizes critical thinking, family engagement, interviewing skills, and recognizing/ responding to child abuse and neglect.
Rita is dedicated to the human services field, specifically child welfare. She obtained her Master’s of Social Work from the University of South Carolina and has more than fifteen years of practice working with vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the Center, Rita was a Training Coordinator/ Instructor at SC Department of Social Services. She has extensive experience in child protective services intake, investigation, and treatment (family preservation).
Rita has also served as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and provided individual and group counseling. In addition, she provided social work services, which included student intervention, pregnancy prevention groups, and individual/ group counseling, at Sumter School District Two.
Rita seeks to utilize her voice and passion to motivate and instill a sense of responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves, our children; one person can make a difference that causes a domino effect.
Instructor and Training Coordinator
Kendra is a trainer and coordinator for the Medicaid Training team at CCFS.
Her team is currently contracted through the Department of Health and Human Services to administer the Medicaid 101 training for all new employees. Later, the team will be responsible for providing the training for the MAGI Tracks (Modify Adjusted Gross Income). Her team works closely together to provide the content in the most interesting and effective way possible.
Before coming to work for the Center for Child and Family Studies, Kendra was employed with the Department of Health and Human Services for nine years as an eligibility worker in the Fairfield County office.
Kendra says, “I’m striving to always give more than what’s expected of me as a trainer.”
Medicaid Eligibility Training Assistant
As a Training Assistant, Beatrice provides administrative assistance to the Medicaid Eligibility trainers. She is responsible for all training preparation such as registration, printing of training materials, completing and distributing a monthly report, purchasing and traveling.
Beatrice received an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science/Word Processing at Midlands Technical College. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the administrative field. During her career, she was promoted into a supervisory position where she supervised the four administrative support positions in her division. Having held positions in healthcare, economic services and education, Beatrice is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of various clients.
Beatrice was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and is the youngest of nine children. In her spare time, she likes going to the movies, dining, and traveling.
Senior Program Manager, Training and Leadership Development
Lenora Bush Reese is the Senior Manager for Training and Leadership Development. In that role, she provides strategic management support to the CCFS training teams by ensuring the tools and techniques used in the training program are aligned with industry best practice standards, produce measurable outcomes, and meet the needs of the workforce. She and her team work with community partners to analyze workforce training needs, determine the format for delivery, execute delivery, and assess effectiveness. She and her team use a variety of methods to deliver high quality classroom learning experiences, interactive on-line learning, conferences, and workshops.
Lenora graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Columbia College. She possesses a broad array of professional and volunteer leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Her leadership values are rooted in community organizing principles. Those values acknowledge the leadership potential in every person; the power and responsibility every person has to exact change; and the importance of leading through connections. She employs these values daily in her work developing new leaders.
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